130 Americans are dying each day from opioid overdoses. The time for talk is over. We need action—NOW.
Americans have died from opioid overdose since FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb took office
Pills before people
Today’s opioid crisis was directly caused by inappropriate use of and access to dangerous opioid pain medications. This crisis has killed hundreds of thousands of people and cost billions of dollars. The FDA likes to say they’re serious about helping to address this crisis, but they’d rather spend their time approving new and more dangerous opioid painkillers – 21 in the last 10 years – than accelerating innovations in recovery medications, the gold standard of care for opioid use disorder.
Millions of people are already addicted to opioids—opioids that the FDA deemed “safe.” In the meantime, the FDA has done nothing to advance recovery treatment other than blow a lot of hot air, putting up barriers to access, and blocking recovery innovations from patients.
Black box bureaucracy
How does the FDA actually work? Who sits on advisory committees and the Exclusivity Board — and are they qualified to make decisions that have the potential to turn the tide on the opioid crisis (for better and for worse)? Do they understand patient needs or the greater context of this public health emergency? Clearly not. There’s a complete lack of transparency into the inner workings of the FDA and it’s about time someone held them accountable.
The FDA needs to WAKE UP.
Tell your members of Congress to turn up the pressure on the FDA so they finally take real action against the opioid crisis.